On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over an inhabited city. At 08:16 local time, Hiroshima disappeared from the map. But Japan did not think about surrendering just yet.
For almost four centuries, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It’s impossible to get an impression on just one day, but after all the detours of the super typhoon, I was forced to do so…
“日光を見ずして結構と言うな” – “Don’t talk about beauty before you’ve seen Nikkō”. A bold statement, but even if it hadn’t been true, 1000 Samurai can compensate for everything 😉
The small town of Kamakura was the capital of Japan from 1185 to 1333. Tall, beautiful wooden temples do not only bear witness of a great past, but also of great tragedies.
Dancing on a volcano, sailing around with pirates… there’s a lot to do around Hakone 😉
For 99 years the Hakone Tozan Line has been climbing Mount Hakone. Probably the only train line in the world that starts in Japan and ends in Switzerland… 😉
In Fall 2017 I traveled through Japan for three and a half weeks. How are the country and the people? How do you get around? Do you really have to be rich to see Japan? All the questions and all the answers are in this post 🙂
Gyeongju was the capital of the Korean Peninsula for several hundred years. It is a small city, but very popular among Koreans due to its historical significance.
Andong is a town for South Korean standards. Why did I go to a town? To experience traditional Korean culture 🙂
When the media report about South Korea, it is rarely about the beautiful things. Sometimes it’s about the most recent high-tech toy from Samsung or LG, but most of the time about the still ongoing conflict with North Korea.